A Unique Optometric Practice in the Heart of Pasadena

Friday, October 27, 2017 | 3:35 pm

Dr. Elda Mehrabyan, O.D. has established her unique Optometric Practice, AccessorEyes Optometry, in the heart of Pasadena, since 2013. She is a Board Certified Optometrist who is experienced in all area of vision care. Dr. Mehrabyan and her knowledgeable staff are dedicated to providing you and your family with the highest quality of eye care with cutting edge, state-of-the-art technology. This technology is utilized to screen for early signs of many ocular diseases. AccessorEyes Optometry also carries an exclusively unique, ultra luxury eyewear collection.

How often should I have an eye exam?

There is so much more to an annual eye exam than just evaluating your eyes for glasses. Annual eye examinations are an integral part in the early detection and prevention of eye diseases, and important for general health care. For example, they can reveal many undiagnosed conditions such as diabetes.

Who should have their eyes examined?

Everyone should have an annual eye exam. Early eye examinations for children ensure normal vision development. Children struggling in school or with homework should have their eyes tested by their eye doctor. Children can have their eyes examined as early as 6 months old.
Adults need annual eye examinations not only to update their eyeglass prescription, but also to closely monitor for early signs of age related eye disease and general ocular and physical health. The eye is the single location on the body where a physician can examine blood vessels directly without penetration.

What can be discovered during an eye exam?

Age Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD)

ARMD is the leading cause of blindness in the U.S. ARMD affects the central vision causing blurred or distorted vision. There are two forms of macular degeneration, the dry form and the wet form. There is no FDA-approved treatment available at this time for the more common dry form. If ARMD is detected early, vision can be preserved or progression slowed with healthy diet, exercise and wearing sunglasses. Treatment for the wet form of ARMD is mainly to help slow formation of new blood vessels with medication injection and photodynamic therapy. There is technology available that will be able to detect early signs of Macular Degeneration and allow the eye doctor to take the proper measures to ensure the longevity of the ocular health and vision.


Eye pressures are measured during an eye examination. Patients with elevated eye pressures may be at risk for developing Glaucoma. Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the U.S. The gradual loss of vision with Glaucoma is due to damage of the optic nerves, which leads to nerve fibers loss in the back of the eye. The most common form of Glaucoma is the Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma. Glaucoma develops slowly and is usually without any symptoms. This is why an annual eye exam is invaluable. Currently there is no way of preventing the development of Glaucoma and vision loss due to Glaucoma is irreversible. However, if Glaucoma is diagnosed early, further vision loss can be controlled through the use of medication, surgery and close monitoring by your physician.

Undiagnosed Diabetes

Diabetic Retinopathy is an ocular complication that can be caused by uncontrolled diabetes. Since there may only be mild to no symptoms related to diabetic eye disease initially, patients are usually unaware of the damaging effect diabetes may have on their eyes. Diabetes causes weakening of the delicate blood vessels in the back of the eye and subsequently allows blood to escape onto the retina. As a result, new fragile blood vessels grow which may also bleed onto the retina. This causes inflammation of the retina that, in turn, causes vision loss and eventually blindness. With early detection through an eye examination, progression of diabetes and diabetic retinopathy can be controlled.


Choroidal Nevi are flat benign pigmented lesions that may be found on the back of the eye. Mostly they tend to stay dormant and do not grow. However, they do need to be monitored regularly with imaging technology to ensure that no changes occur in color or size as they rarely may turn into a serious progressive Choroidal Melanoma. If a Nevi or Melanoma is on the periphery of the eye, it may go unnoticed, as vision is usually not effected when the macular area is not involved. With annual eye exams, the doctor can discover abnormal or unusual ocular changes early.

The Practice accepts many forms of medical and vision insurance. Please call us to schedule your eye exam today.

AccessorEyes Optometry
155 Cordova Street, #168
Pasadena, CA 91105
Office: 626-577-8881


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